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An enormous congratulations to Sophia for your phenomenal efforts in training, and then running and completing the London Marathon!!! We are SO PROUD! It has been an honour to watch your training progress and read your updates. Thank you so much for choosing to run in aid of our service, your hard work and determination is admirable.
It’s been 48 hours since I crossed the finish line on the iconic Mall of the London Marathon and I can just about walk normally again!
The support I have received through this page since starting my training has been so valuable and I wanted to share the day with you all. So, here is my marathon experience!
The morning of the marathon I was petrified and felt quite alone in my hotel room on the outskirts of London an hour from Greenwich. I went for breakfast and was instantly greeted by a fellow runner who gave me a huge hug and showed me her LCFC tattoo! We traveled together on the tube with her brother to Greenwich by which time I was amongst a sea of support and runners feeling the exact same. I was then in my London Marathon family!
At the station I walked for miles to the start but had to stop enroute to my training partner Mick for one final “you’ve got this!” reminder. There have been a lot of these since January and the one at the start I actually did believe. I was going to finish this…….
After this I walked to the start with a lad called Jonathon who had slept on his mates sofa and had a heavy night before. We took each other’s Green Start photos and had a good luck hug before I went to my VIP marquee (I’m kind of a big deal ?)
Once in my marquee I sat on a bean bag drinking tea with a bank manager called Devo from Glasgow. He was a Celtic fan so we chatted through the next hour chatting football and Marathon training. I was totally calm!
Then it was start time……..
At the start I had on a huge hoody and the girl next to me was shivering so we cuddled up tight and had a chat. She’d lost her dad on New Years Eve to Parkinson’s and was running for Parkinsons UK. We both had a little cry and a hug then we crossed the start line holding hands before she ran off on her race.
I then ran slow and steady at a happy pace but those first 2 miles were seriously tough. The prospect of what lay ahead was huge and I could feel the panic setting in.
At that point I started running with Jack who asked if I’d pace him ? I said only if he was interesting! He chatted for the next 6 miles about Game of Thrones then we got onto our jobs. Jack so me he ran a Quidditch premier league which I found hilarious ? he told me there’s no world record for the marathon on a broom stick so next year we are doing it together, him as Harry Potter and me following as Belatrix Astrange ?
At mile 12 my phone was disabled meaning no Tower Bridge photos so Jack took a photo of me and we carried on till mile 15. One of my highlights has got to be singing Queen Don’t Stop me Now with Jack as we ran by a pub ? we had a ball. At mile 15 Jack told me to go on while he had a walk so we wished each other well and split.
Although I knew where my support team were going to be roughly I also knew from experience that supporting someone on the marathon was often unpredictable and I couldn’t remember where exactly they’d said. This meant I was constantly scanning for their flags and banners on the route which also kept me going. I wanted to make sure I always looked strong and to do this I knew I had to enjoy myself.
At mile 17 I felt sick and knew I couldn’t manage another energy gel so I had a cereal bar and walked for a bit. I realised I could walk pretty fast so carried on like this for a while chatting to people, dancing to the live music and thanking the marshals. It was like a party ?
At mile 24 someone grabbed me from the side; it was Jemma who I crossed the start line with! She was in a really bad way and wanted to drop out. I refused to let her and we walked together. At mile 26 we stopped to put on some lippy and check our faces for snot ?
Those last 2 miles were just incredible, we cried, we laughed and we dragged each other along. We ran down the mall hand in hand, screaming our heads off!
Crossing the finish line was indescribable.
Once over the line Jemma FaceTimed her friend to introduce her “guardian angel” and that friend was Danny Simpson ? she wanted to show him my Leicester badges on my top ? I was a tad gobsmacked and managed to say “you’re Danny Simpson! You won the premier league, I love you!” ?♀️ we then collected our medals and Jemma choreographed my medal model pose then took my photo ? it turns out she’s one of the TOWIE bunch and “knows all the angles” love her ??
We walked for about 15 miles (it felt like it!) to collect our bags eating the finest delicacy known to man; the pink lady apple ??? that apple was life!!!!!!
Once I had my bag, hugged Jemma and found the kids they set upon me like locusts! They’d been so full on tracking me they’d not eaten much so my goody bag was quickly eaten by the 3 of them!
I can honestly say I loved every bit of it, it was the best experience. Having spectated and ran it I can honestly say running it is far more enjoyable ?
I met so many fantastic people, i ran the race my way and my way was to do it singing, dancing and having fun! It was just a joy!
What’s more though is the difference the money raised by everyone who’s supported me has made to The Tomorrow Project. Some big charities had many runners but there was only me with their name on my top. I loved sharing who they are with people on the course and promoting their vital work. The total now stands at £5,250!!!!!!!! This is amazing and blows me away!!!! I can’t thank everyone enough for their support.
So……what’s next?! Well……….I hear New York Marathon is pretty amazing too ? keep dreaming guys, there’s no limit. Love you all xxxxxxxxxxx
Ps; apologies this is so long, but it was a bloody long run!!!!!